Cambodia morning news for March 19

Cambodia morning news for March 19

Cambodia morning news

Cambodia Investigating Employment Status of Chinese Nationals Amid Complaints of Lost Jobs
Cambodia’s government is investigating the employment status of Chinese nationals operating businesses in Sihanoukville province, Interior Minister Sar Kheng said Monday, amid complaints by local residents who say they are losing work to the immigrants.
— Radio Free Asia

Cambodia squeezes online speech despite threat of EU backlash
Even as the European Union readies to visit Cambodia this week to decide whether the country should be removed from a preferential trade scheme due to lack of political reforms, Prime Minister Hun Sen is trying to enact two laws that could further stifle online speech, a move certain to rile EU negotiators.
— Nikkei Asia Review (paywall)

150 Megawatt Coal-fired Power Plant in Sihanoukville to Operate September 2019
Keo Rattanak, Minister attached to Prime Minister and Director General of EDC, confirmed to Fresh News Monday that a new 150 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Sihanoukville’s Stung Hav will launch in September 2019.
— Fresh News

Strategy to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Launched
Cambodia has introduced a national strategy to handle money laundering and terrorism financing to further enhance social stability and peace.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Seven Parties Endorsed for May 2019 Election
National Election Committee (NEC) has endorsed seven political parties to join the incoming Election of the Capital, Provincial, Municipality, District, and Khan Councils.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

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Cambodian court issues arrest warrants for top opposition leaders
A court has issued arrest warrants for top Cambodian opposition politicians living abroad, as the exiled activists began preparations to return to the country.
— AL Jazeera

Hun Sen asks a union leader not to urge workers to protest
Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the Cambodian Labour Confederation President Ath Thorn to stop urging garment workers to protest and demand indemnity payments.
— Khmer Times

Preah Vihear Residents Warned Over Drinking River Water
People suffering from the drought in Preah Vihear province have begun drinking water from ponds and rivers. Health officials have called for them to properly boil the water before consuming.
— Cambodia News English

Five More Former Opposition Leaders Request to Re-enter Politics
Five more former opposition leaders of the dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party sent letters to Ministry of Interior requesting to re-enter politics, Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak told Fresh News Monday afternoon.
— Fresh News

Prime Minister unveils plan to construct Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Thom bridge
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday announced plans for a bridge across the Tonle Sap lake to connect Kampong Chhnang and Kampong Thom provinces, a project that will bring about sizeable economic benefits.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia To Have Equinox This Week
Equinox, the sun rising over the central tower of the Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap province, is forecasted to take place this year on Mar. 21, according to the APSARA Authority in charge of the protection and management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Rainsy: EU must hold firm in fight for democracy
Sam Rainsy, the “acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), has written a letter to the European Commission ahead of the visit of an EU “Everything But Arms” delegation this week.
— The Phnom Penh Post

District governors in Phnom Penh should focus more on their daily work: PM
Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered all district governors in Phnom Penh not to take part in his public gatherings and should focus more on their daily works to deal with all issues.
— Khmer Times

Work on PP-SHK Expressway Ready to Roll
Construction on the planned Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville express highway is set to commence on March 22.
— Cambodia News English

PM Hun Sen Urges Ath Thun to Stop Pushing Strike on Seniority Indemnity Payment (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen urged president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union Ath Thun to stop pushing workers to demand employers the seniority indemnity as a lump sum for one year, addressing at the graduation ceremony of Institute of New Khmer Generation at National Institute of Education on Monday.
— Fresh News

African swine fever spreads to VN-Cambodia border
African swine fever has spread to parts of Vietnam that border Cambodia’s Ratanakkiri and Kratie provinces, a Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries official said on Friday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Government bracing for digital economy
The government has made preparing for a digital economy and responding to the Fourth Industrial Revolution a priority as the country must speed up its economic transformation for long-term growth, the Ministry of Economy and Finance has said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

More Chinese Drug Dealers Arrested After Confessions
Following the arrest of one Chinese man on drug charges, the suspect quickly gave out the name of another Chinese man, who was also arrested
— Cambodia News English

Riel Khemarin files for clemency
Riel Khemarin has become the latest former opposition official to file a request with Interior Minister Sar Kheng to have his ban from politics lifted.
— Khmer Times

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Sar Kheng: Forces must stamp out drugs
Minister of Interior Sar Kheng on Saturday urged local authorities to stamp out drug crime, something he said had now spread to some rural areas.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM Hun Sen Urge People to Be Patient with Power Outages (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has repeatedly appealed to all citizens to be patient about the issue of power cut and water crisis in some areas in Phnom Penh and provinces, addressing at the graduation ceremony of Institute of New Khmer Generation at National Institute of Education on Monday.
— Fresh News

Hun Sen seeks support for river systems
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday ordered all ministries and relevant institutions to prevent illegal sand dredging, fishing and the cutting down of mangrove trees.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian PM: Don’t Overlook on Vocational Training
Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen of the Kingdom of Cambodia has encouraged the youth to further pay attention to vocational training.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

PM Hun Sen Urges to Speed Up Legal Cases for Female in Jail (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen urged the Ministry of Justice, relevant institutions, and his lawyers team to speed up the trials of female detainees and pardon pregnant women in jails, addressing at the graduation ceremony of Institute of New Khmer Generation at National Institute of Education on Monday.
— Fresh News

Public urged to report drug crimes
Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Saturday urged people, especially those living in remote areas, to report cases of drug trafficking if they come across them.
— Khmer Times

Preah Sihanouk court detains seven over cases of ‘anarchic’ land grabbing
The Preah Sihanouk provincial court has placed seven people in pre-trial detention and is questioning four other suspects for their alleged leading roles in grabbing state and private land by illegally planting boundary markers.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia, South Korea commit to stronger trade relations
Prime Minister Hun Sen and his South Korean counterpart, President Moon Jae-in, on Friday agreed to work together to boost trade and investment between the two nations.
— Khmer Times

Can ride-sharing apps empower Cambodian women?
Chheng Dani’s six-year-old son was growing restless in the passenger seat of her taxi as she snaked through traffic on Phnom Penh’s Preah Suramarit Boulevard in a race against the clock to deliver passengers to their destinations recently.
— Borneo Bulletin

Greater thunderstorms to come, warns government
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has warned there will be greater instances of thunderstorms this year than previously and appealed for people to be vigilant during the early hot season rains.
— The Phnom Penh Post

PM Hun Sen’s Lawyer Sues Former Senator for Incitement
Ky Tech, lawyer of Prime Minister Hun Sen, filed a complaint against Sor Chandeth, former Sam Rainsy Party senator, for insulting and inciting against Premier Hun Sen, according to Tech’s lawsuit Fresh News received on Monday.
— Fresh News

Adapting to Fourth Industrial Revolution a priority – Minister
Cambodia is now laying the foundations of a successful digital economy but more needs to be done to ensure the Kingdom is not left behind in a world where technology plays an increasingly important role, Cambodia’s deputy prime minister said yesterday.
— Khmer Times

French Fortnight Begins Today
French Fortnight in Phnom Penh starts from today and will run until Mar. 30 to showcase a wide range of cultural, scientific and economic activities.
— Agence Kampuchea Presse

Kid Makes of With $3500 of Phones
The incident took place at 7:38 pm on March 17, 2019 at the front of the “we” brand phone shop along Street 294, near Kakkor Market in Tonle Basak District, Chamkar Morn District, Phnom Penh. .
— Cambodia News English

Education minister acclaims Kingdom’s scout movement
Hang Chuon Naron, the Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, on Sunday hailed the National Association of Cambodian Scouts (NACS) as an active non-profit movement that supports the Kingdom’s education system and successfully participates in voluntary activities, as well as implementing various projects aimed at connecting children and young people with local communities.
— The Phnom Penh Post


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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